or keeping to eat yourself.
Since it makes a big batch, you can give some and keep some!
This recipe brings back childhood memories and tastes. My Grandma used to bake this in Pringle’s cans and wrap it in repurposed orange Bunny Bread bags. I remember pulling the long refrigerator door handle to get the cold bread out. What a taste treat! I’ve taken my Grandma’s original recipe and tweaked it. One major tweak was a serious reduction of the sugar. Another tweak is to bake in conventional baking pans. I do not recommend baking in Pringle cans. This recipe revision turned out great and I hope it will earn a spot in your favorite recipe collection!
Cindy’s Banana Bread
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 2 overfilled cups smashed, over ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 cup flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
To finely chop the walnuts, I used an antique Nut Meat Grinder. I’ll be sharing another post on Forgotten Kitchen Gadgets soon and including this nut grinder in it. Of course, you can used pecans, black walnuts, or your nut of choice in this recipe.
The small loaf pans are nice to bake the bread in for gift giving or even portion control. This recipe made 6 small loaves with the pans filled 2/3. I made a seventh pan with the little bit of leftover batter that was our sample loaf.
Using small loaf pans makes multiple gifts but you do have more pans to clean. Here are a few pointers for cleaning those pans.
- Avoid letting the residue harden. Clean the pans while warm but not too hot to handle.
- If your pan has seams, clean the corners and any seams well. A toothpick will help scrap the gunk out.
- After washing, immediately dry your pans.
- After drying, place them upside down on the stovetop to take advantage of the heat from the cooling oven to finish the drying process.
You can also use muffin tins to bake this bread. I used a large size muffin pan that I found at a thrift store. Don’t you just love those kind of finds! Use whatever size muffin tins you prefer. My second batch made 12 large muffins and 3 small loaves.
We didn’t plan to make banana bread for Christmas gifts but it just may be a new tradition for us. Beware those large bargain bags of marked down overripe bananas! That’s how this all started.